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new year!!

2017 in photos.
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Deb - Wonderful 2017 and enjoy your 2018!!

Lori - P.S. What song did you use for this video? Thanks!

Lori - I loved this so much that I watched it twice! Watching your life and family through happy, rainbow photos has been a joy for years! 🌈 Happy New Year, Meg!

amy jupin - the one thing i love soooooo much about your blog, your fam, your video, is that you always inspire me to pick up my camera and look for the GOOD. it’s everywhere, in every situation, in everything. thank you for reminding me again. i love you megan duerksen!

Amy - How lovely, that’s a lucky baby to be with such a wonderful family.
Much love xx

meg duerksen - Melissa – we are foster parents for that sweet baby. 🙂

Melissa Ann - I noticed a cute baby in the pics. Congratulations on becoming a grandma!

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GIFT GUIDE FOR THE LADIES

Colorful Eco-Friendly Travel Mugs
Cute Mug

Rainbow Glass Windchime

Starbucks Gift Card is always a treat to me

Hollywood Fashion Tape
this is the best… i use it allllllll the time to keep my button up shirts from gapping open at my chest
or to keep a sweater in place or even fix a hem quickly.

Desk Donut Pin Holder


Fitbit Charge 2 – Heartrate + Fitness Wristband
High Waisted Leggings
these are MY FAVORITE leggings!!

Funny Oven Mits

Tasty Lastest & Greatest Cookbook
I love this website and all their videos of simple meals!


Fluted Bowls 

Striped Thermal Onesie Pajamas88 Matte Eye Shadow Palette
i saw this while out shopping today and reeeeeeally wished i had purchased it!
it’s so pretty!

The Curated Closet

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual

The DryBar Guide to Good Hair For All

Chevron Textrued Fleece Hooded Bathrobe

Sharpie Marker Set


Rain Boots in fun colors

Felt Letter Boards in 9 different colors
2018 Agenda Planner

Phone Case Wallet

Soft & Comfy Shirt with Pockets
Red & White 3 Piece Set Bowls


Rainbow Knife Set 
this is what i have at the Craft House and i love it so much!

Keurig Coffee Maker
i love my keurig! all the heart eyes for my keurig!
(and bonus – lowest price I’ve ever seen on this machine!)

Rainbow Colored Mug Set 
i MAY have ordered these for the Craft House…. how could i not?!


Essie Nail Polish
as much as I wish it weren’t true… the $9 nail polish really does last longer than the $3 polish.
so i use Essie pretty much all the time now.
Winter Infiniti Loop Scarf

Embroidered Mexican Peasant Blouse
this may not make it by christmas but i love these tops so much that i HAD to add the m to the list!

Katie Daisy 2018 Wall Calendar
everything Katie makes is absolutely dreamy!Reusable Grocery BagsRainbow Whisk Set 
Kisses from Katie               Daring to Hope                 Of Mess and Moxie                Falling Free
Church of the Small Things                     Gracelaced                          Unseen                        Dance Stand Run
None Like Him                   For the Love                 All the Pretty Things                  Braving the Wilderness
Fierce Hearted              The Turquoise Table             Never Unfriended           Becoming Mom StrongTattoos on the Heart            Barking to the Choir              Sing a New Song                100 Days to Brave

Lori - Love the cozy shirt and I may have to try those leggings!

Beth - Thank you, Meg. Your gift guides have been the best! I’m so excited to give some of these things. Merry Christmas!

Danielle H. - I always love your lists!! I agree about the Essie nail polish! I buy it at TJ Maxx for $3.99! They always seem to have some & good colors, too!

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gift guide for dudes


Heating & Cooling Car Seat Cover
One of my favorite features of our car is our heated seats for the winter but not every car has that…
Now you can!

Golf Ball Mug


Putter Cup Mug

Suzy Kusy Beer Mitten 
Beer Glove Keeps Your Drink Cold and Your Hand Warm


Beard Trimming Kit
the apron/cape suctions to the mirror to keep the mess all in one spot for easy clean up!


Utility Wet/Dry Vacuum
great for small projects like vacuuming the car!

Star Trek Goodies  –  Sunshade for car   –   Air Freshner   –   Socks  –   T-shirt   –  Mug  –  Spock Ears

Sound Bar
we have these set up on our tvs at our house… mr. duerksen loves the sound.
he’s given them as gifts as well so it’s definitely a good guy gift!

Leather & Canvas Messenger Bag

Amazon Echo
The Amazon Echo has been used everyday at our house for over two years.
EVERY SINGLE DAY!
we love it – we have several and they’re programmed to work together – we even one one outside!

Work Gloves


Team Logo Baseball Caps – adustable fit

Hi-Resolution Digital Photo Frame with Motion Sensor
this would be a GREAT gift!
It has photo & video playback, turns on when you enter the room and off when you leave, plays your photos instantly and comes with a remote, clock calendar and stereo speakers

Basketball Hoop Mug


Leaf Claws

College Team Slipcover for Sofa, Chair, Loveseat or Recliner

Portable Stainless Steel BBQ Grilling Basket

Electric Digital Smoker
we have this smoker and its been fun (and yummy!) for mr. duerksen to learn lots about bbq and smoking meats!

Meat Claws
Easily lift, handle, shred and cut meats
we use these allllll the time! this could be one of my favorite tools in the kitchen!


LCD Multimedia Home Theater Video Projector
we have this in our “theater room” (aka: the basement) and we also bring it outside for movies against the back of house.


Heat Sensitive Color Changing Mug

Caffinated Shaving Cream & After Shave

Lightweight Sleeping Pad – great for camping

Magnetic Stud Finder


Yeti Rambler Travel Cup
these are THE BEST travel cups!  Your coffee stays piping hot for hours!!!

Zero Gravity Chair
these are really comfortable for lounging outside and easy enough to bring with you to events as well.

Dewalt Drill
this is the drill we have at our house and it’s been such a GREAT purchase!
Magnetic Phone Mount for Dashboard
these are wonderful!
we have these in our cars and they have made dealing with maps & music & calls in the car so much better!

Pajama Pants

Circular Saw Pizza Wheel
the perfect pizza cutter for manly men… ha ha ha.


Funny Desk Sign

Presidential Socks
my husband loves all things history so these could be a big hit for him!Ring Security Camera with 2-Way talk and Siren
Audible Membership
access to the world’s largest library!


Movie Theater Gift Card

Lisa - Those pajama bottoms are 20% off. Thank you, Meg and Amazon!

Danielle - Thanks for saving my butt – a few of these are just perfect for my husband! We’re taking a trip instead of gifts, but we are doing stockings, and they kind of slipped my mind…So here I am shopping for 6 kids and a husband quick!

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GIFT GUIDE FOR TEEN/TWEEN BOYS

 Tailgate Knit Beanies with Beards


Shark Squeeze Popper
Double Parachute Hammock for Camping
Snarky Hat
Space Gun KeyRing

Mini Version of Simon


Gravity Maze 
Falling marble logic gameTriceraTaco Holder

R2D2 Mug 


Dwight Schrute mug
Bears vs. Babies Board Game


Ping Pong on the Go!
play ping pong anywhere on any table.

Lego Figure Led Lites

Star Wars Mad Libs

Light Saber Thumb Wrestling Force Wars

Star Wars Origami book


642 Things to Draw
we have this book – it is FULL of drawing prompts that are fun to complete.

Lego Marker Set

Darth Vader and Family Coloring Book
soooooo funny!!!

Flickin’ Chicken – the game of Chicken throwing InsanityWorld’s Smallest Vacuum Cleaner

Bacon Scented Mustache
OMG.
it’s even extra manly…. HA!

Brick Building Mug

Portable Pizza PouchFish Sandals
i mean… who DOESN’T need these???

Funny Side Up Egg Mold

Big Book of Boy Stuff

IllumiBowl Toilet Motion Sensored Night LightBeats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones
personally… i think these are ridiculous ($$$) but 99% of teenagers STRONGLY disagree with me.
they love them!!!
so you can decide for yourself.


Portable Bluetooth Speaker
take your music with your anywhere you go!
and for staying home…
Amazon Echo Dot
we are BIG fans of the Amazon Echo at our house!
Alexa is our bff.


Pressure Sensitive Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers
you have to stand on it to get it to turn off – BRILLIANT!!!

Balaclava Windproof Winter Mask

GoPro Hero 5
GoPro is basically the coolest camera out there… perfect for teens!
🙂

Head Strap Camera Mount for GoPro

Random Illustrated Facts: a Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know

Every Man Jack Body Wash 

Flexible Thumb Smartphone Stand Holder

Portable Phone Charger
because teenagers’ phones always seem to be at 1%…

NCAA Anthem Sport Socks
65 different tems and each only $10!

Upper Body Workout Bar



Xbox One with Sports Bundle
i wasn’t going to put this on the list because of the cost but Sean said it wouldn’t be a proper Boys list with out it.
ha ha ha


Xbox Charging Block

Gaming Headset for PS4, PC & Xbox One

Funny T-Shirt


Rapid Mac & Cheese CookerSatr Wars Goodies – Air Freshner   –   Portable Phone Charger   –   Sunshade 
Sheet Set  –  Darth Vader Passenger Decal  –  Chewbacca Seat Belt Cover

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